Author: Joel McGuire and Michael Plant
Last updated: October 2021
We estimate that psychotherapy delivered by lay people or to groups in low- and middle-income countries improves affective mental health by 4.3 SDs per $1,000 spent, which is 12 times (95% CI: 4, 27) more cost-effective than monthly cash transfers. The effects are in terms of reducing recipients' self-reported measures of affective mental health (anxiety and depression). The costs are the costs it takes an organisation to treat a person.
This report is part of our work evaluating the expected and potential cost-effectiveness of interventions. We are currently focussed on studying micro-interventions in low- and middle-income countries. To find out more about the wider project, see Area 2.3 of our Research Agenda.
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